Arts, History & Community
Plans are underway as we recreate The Masonic during a multi-year renovation project.
Restoring & reimagining the Masonic
We are in the early stages of planning and preparation as we work together with the surrounding community to transform the iconic heritage building in the heart of St. John’s, NL.
We want to create an inclusive & elegant venue and cultural hub that will recognize and celebrate the province’s rich – and sometimes untold – history and culture through art, community, and local fare.
Our vision is to help tell the story of what’s next for the arts in NL.
Who We Are
Meet the team behind the Masonic
Morgan has years of community building and event production experience within the arts and festival spheres.
Formerly, Morgan has worked as an Auditor for the BC provincial government, a board member and treasurer of several nonprofits, and as a staff accountant.
Her interest in community building began when she worked with nonprofits that provided grants to local artists and hosted large scale art protests and multi-day festivals.
While her current focus is her two young daughters, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue passion projects like reviving the Masonic.
Duncan is an entrepreneur, investor, and collaborative design practitioner.
Prior to his current role, he ran a software company, as well as worked closely with his family office on private equity and real estate investment, all of which gave him opportunities to delve deeply into the study of change management, organizational culture, and collaboration.
He is currently the President and co-founder of Coeuraj Management, an organization that specializes in organizational and systems transformation.
Duncan lives in Victoria, BC with his wife and their two daughters. In his spare time, he spends time cooking, walking the dogs, and playing board games.
Erin has been a member of the Masonic team since May 2022.
She is an entrepreneur-at-heart who loves to take part in community organizations. She studied English and Sociology at Memorial University, and completed a Bachelor of Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Erin started her career in communications at a Toronto hospital before returning to Newfoundland in 2008.
She has experience in business strategy and operations; communications counsel; crisis communications planning; media relations at the local, provincial and national level; event planning; government relations; and branding.
Erin puts a tremendous amount of effort into organizations that she is involved in to help strengthen them from within.
Morgan & Duncan MacRae purchase the Masonic Temple from Spirit of Newfoundland.
Local St. John’s architect and designer engaged.
Morgan & Duncan introduce themselves as new owners through local media.
Consultative and planning work begins.
Morgan & Duncan host meet & greet event at The Masonic to introduce themselves and their plan for the building, its use and community involvement.
Consultative and planning work ongoing.
Building is covered with scaffolding and tarp for weather protection.
Spirit of Newfoundland announce their new location.
Consultative and planning work ongoing.
Pipe organ is moved to new home at Trinity Hall in Winterton, NL.
Spirit of Newfoundland perform their last show at The Masonic and move to new location at Gower Street United Church.
Consultative, planning and permitting work ongoing.
The Masonic is closed to the public until restoration and renovation work is complete.
Successful bidder selected for phase 1 demolition (Lindsay Construction).
Phase 1 demolition work begins (a 3-month process that includes careful removal, packaging and offsite storage of many historically significant building features & artifacts for re-use in the renovation).
Structural assessment work and remediation planning ongoing.
Phase 1 demolition concludes including the safe removal, packaging and offsite storage of many historically significant building features & artifacts.
Delving deeper into structural analysis to determine project budget and feasibility.
The Masonic Project hosts community collaborative design event “Where to from Here: A conversation about the future of arts and culture” (Nov. 15-17).
Phase 1 demolition and structural assessment continue to determine project feasibility.
The City of St. John’s Council approve the addition of an elevator to the building.
Where to from Here event recap report shared with participants; plans are underway for further community consultation.
Check back soon for more updates